Dizziness may range from very slight to severe. On the "slight" side, you may experience it while changing postural position -- this is known as postural hypotension. On the "severe" side, you may experience vertigo with loss of balance where everything seems to be spinning. The term “dizziness” in Oriental Medicine also includes the very common sensation of “fuzziness” and a heavy feeling as if the head was full of cotton, with the inability to concentrate or think clearly. One cause that has been observed in Oriental Medicine is heightened emotions such as anger, frustration, resentment, and bottled-up hatred. This type of dizziness is typically an imbalance in the liver organ and is known as “Liver Yang Rising.” This causes energy to rise rapidly to the head and cause dizziness. This type of dizziness can be quite severe depending on just how much the liver is affected.
Dizziness can also appear after many years of overworking and/or excess sexual activity. Gradually the body becomes depleted of energy and dizziness occurs.
In addition, diet has an important part to play. If the digestive system is weakened for whatever reason and the patient has a diet rich in food that is difficult for the body to digest, the digestive system becomes “clogged up.” This results in the production of “damp” or “phlegm” which can be seen on the tongue as a thick white or yellow coating. This phlegm lodges in the head and gives rise to a type of dizziness that is often very severe and can come on suddenly. There may also be blurred vision and a sensation of fuzziness and a heavy head.